Neurodiversity Affirming

"A neurodiversity-affirming therapist is a therapist who understands that autism, ADHD, dyslexia, apraxia and other conditions aren't problems to be cured or solved but individual neurotypes with unique strengths, needs, and challenges. The neurodiversity movement shifts away from the idea that brains falling outside of “typical” are “disordered.”

A neurodiversity-affirming therapist will possess a basic understanding of different types of characteristics unique to each neurotype. For example, they would have knowledge that an autistic client might have special interests or sensory needs. A therapist informed in neurodiversity would also be well-versed in areas specific to the neurodiverse community and the nuances of the experience of neurodivergent individuals."

-Sharon Kaye-O'connor LCSW 

For more information visit:

https://therapistndc.org

https://www.choosingtherapy.com/find-a-neurodiverse-affirming-therapist/

Kelly's Additional Neurodiversity Affirming Training 

Completed the Inside Out Sensory Certificate Course for SLPs

"SLPs need access to sensory techniques because they are ESSENTIAL in creating an environment where productive work can be done in sessions. 

 

Without regulation and engagement, you can’t make the kind of progress 

that leaves you feeling satisfied and fulfilled — and your autistic kids can’t get the kind of results they deserve." -Jessie Ginsburg

Alternative Augmentative Communication Systems

Kelly possesses additional training in a variety of AAC systems. She has experience in evaluating, trialling, and determining appropriate low and high tech systems to help your child communicate most effectively. 

Unrestricted Access to a Variety of Supports

Kelly understands that the use of multisensory and unrestricted support access to her clients with neurodiverse needs is important for creating a trusting environment and fostering a healthy, respectful relationship.

The Importance of Intrinsic Motivation for Communication Success

Intrinsic motivation refers to people’s spontaneous tendencies to be curious and interested, to seek out challenges and to exercise and develop their skills and knowledge, even in the absence of operationally separable rewards (Di Domenico & Ryan, 2017).
Studies have shown that the use of EXTERNAL rewards actually can DECREASE a child's intrinsic motivation! At RTC, we focus on INTRINSIC motivation and do NOT rely on external rewards to motivate a child. Instead, therapy is focused on the child's interests and their lead is followed.